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Forensic Psychologists, Roles and Activities of

  1. John Petrila

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0368

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Petrila, J. 2010. Forensic Psychologists, Roles and Activities of. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

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  1. University of South Florida

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Forensic psychology is an increasingly popular area of practice within psychology. It has been defined as “the application of psychological research, theory, practice, and traditional and specialized methodology (e.g., interviewing, psychological testing, forensic assessment and forensically relevant instruments) to provide information relevant to a legal question” (Goldstein, 2003, p. 4). The American Psychological Association designated forensic psychology as an area of specialization in 2001 (Goldstein, 2003), and it is the subject of a rapidly growing number of books, journals, and professional conferences (Otto & Heilbrun, 2002).